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A Question of Survival

This presentation was given at TEDxTUM 2015 in front of a large public audience and was recorded and published on the TEDxTUM site, as well as on their YouTube channel.  It attempts to answer the question of why we do basic research by describing it as a necessary facet of human survival.

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This material was used for the 3rd annual CERN @Montreux Physics of Music / Music of Physics Workshop.  The workshops are held every year in the Petit Casino during the Montreux Jazz Festival.  These are from July, 2015.

http://mjf2015.web.cern...

My Life As A Proton

The talk was given to a public audience at Le Scandale in Geneva (21 May 2014), during an event called Pint of Science.  The talk tells the story of a proton from birth in the Big Bang to joining the LHC, including all of the embarrassing steps in between.

This online tool gives you a sense of scale for large particle accelerators. You can choose to place a ring of the size of the LHC, Tevatron or FCC on a map of your local area.

Take screenshots to use in your presentations when you visit other cities, to show the locals how big the LHC...

These slides were used to introduce three different musical acts that were influenced by the physics of the LHC at CERN, the Voyager missions to the edge of the solar system, and cosmic rays from the far cosmos.  The images might be interesting for anyone making a presentation.

This was one of the CERN workshops at the Expanding your Horizons event in Geneva (www.expandingyourhorizons.org/conferences/geneva/). Similar initiative than the one presented here:...

Liquid Nitrogen workshop performed by CERN at the Expanding Your Horizons event in Geneva (http://www.expandingyourhorizons.org/conferences/geneva/).

 

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  • One large...
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In 2012, scientists at CERN discovered evidence of the Higgs boson. The what? The Higgs boson is one of two types of fundamental particles and is a particular game-changer in the field of particle physics, proving how particles gain mass. Using the Socratic method, CERN ...

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http://lisonbernet.ultra-book.com) et au verso un petit texte...

ATLAS Virtual Visit

Abstract. The newfound ability of Social Media to transform public communication back to a conversational nature provides HEP with a powerful tool for Outreach and Communication. By far, the most effective component of nearly any visit or public event is that fact that the...

Picture of the card game case
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Cards represent the elementary fermions and bosons. Each particle has its own card which displays some information about its properties: electric charge, mass, lifetime, sensitivity to the weak and strong interactions. The game rules are those chosen by Nature (with some simplification when...

Nino the neutrino travels from the Sun to the Earth with his friends (like a proton and a photon). But not everyone arrives to the INFN Lab's of Gran Sasso in Italy. And someone even can't stop there!
This funny cartoon shows the properties of the neutrinos. It's in Italian with English...

A simple application that allows user to zoom out to the infinitely big, and zoom into the infinitely small, allowing the user to understand the scale of things in our universe.
This tool is great for classrooms as well as for anyone who just wants to play and learn!
See it here:  ...

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Join the ATLAS Experiment on a fascinating journey to the beginnings of the universe. This pop-up book brings to life one of science's biggest adventures: the extraordinary quest to discover what the universe is made of, where it came from and how it works. Price 30 Swiss Francs. UK and US...

This hands-on exhibit is part of the exhibition module #9 "The Big Bang in the Tunnel" of the exhibition 'Weltmaschine'. Created by DESY in Germany, it teaches how linear accelerators work. Exhibit visitors are invited to try the accelerator themselves.
It has been rebuilt (with small...

This hands-on exhibit is part of the exhibition module #9 "The Big Bang in the Tunnel" of the exhibition 'Weltmaschine'. Created by DESY in Germany, it teaches how large circular accelerators like the Large Hadron Collider work.
For more information on the exhibition or related exhibits,...

This hands-on exhibit is part of the exhibition module #6 "Where is the Antimatter?" of the exhibition "Weltmaschine". It teaches exhibit visitors how similar yet different matter and antimatter are by representing each with a box of sand.
The module consists of two transparent, containers...

This hands-on exhibit is part of the exhibition module #5 "What is the origin of mass?" of the exhibition 'Weltmaschine'. Built by TU Dresden and University of Würzburg.
Drawings can be obtained from Technische Universität Dresden (contact: Michael Kobel)
In this apparatus, paddles...

This hands-on exhibit is part of the exhibition module #6 "Where is the Antimatter?" of the exhibition "Weltmaschine". It explains the superposition of two stable states as the cause of particle-antiparticle mixtures.
For more information on the exhibition or related exhibits, see related...

For the project grenzgenial we developed this exhibit, which allows to interactively adjust the energy of the LHC. Displays inform about the current speed and energy of the protons, animations show the movement of the particles.
 
This model illustrates in a scientificly correct way...

Website here: http://www.quarked.org/
[The paragraphs below are extracts from the Quarked! website.]
The Quarked! project was conceived by Professor Alice Bean and a diverse team of collaborators at the University of Kansas in 2003 as an...

A 1-page (8 1/2in x 11in) fact sheet. Includes a map of the United States with dots showing the locations of all institutes in the USA involved in the Large Hadron Collider and its experiments. An alphabetical list of institutions by State is also included.
 
For this file as well as...

Titled "CMS Particle Hunter," this colorful comic book style brochure explains to young budding scientists and science enthusiasts in colorful animation how the CMS detector was made, its main parts, and what scientists hope to find using this complex tool. Book invites young students to get...

The NBI Colliderscope is a light-artwork placed on the facade of the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen. The work of art is connected directly to the world's largest physics experiment just outside Geneva, Switzerland.  The idea of the artwork is to create a direct sensuous and intuitive...

Printed copies available by special order only. For further information contact:
A poster containing a collage of black and white portraits of women working on CMS along side a color photo of the CMS detector.
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2-sided color print A4 size sheet containing the facts on the CMS Detector, its name, what it is designed to do, questions scientists hope to answer, collaboration members, detector parts and their functions, and other miscellaneous facts on the CMS detector. Printed copies of the English...

Ideal for use as an attractive paperweight, decorative object, souvenir or present. Size: 5x5x12 cm, comes with presentation box.
These special, unique items are on sale only at the ATLAS Secretariat, CERN Switzerland.
40 Swiss Francs.
 

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An animation created of an actual ATLAS heavy ion collision event in 2010.
Duration: 1 min 12 Sec
To view or download this file, go here to the ATLAS website:   http://www.atlas.ch/multimedia/html-nc/...

A song written about the ATLAS experiment. Includes interesting facts about the experiment sung by members of the ATLAS Collaboration. Good for young and old(er) audiences.
Duration: 4 min 13 sec
Produced October 2010
CERN Copyright
See boogie here:  
 

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A rap song co-produced by American free-lance journalist and editor of the Atlas e-news at CERN, Katie Mc Alpine and Will Barras, student. Released in July 2008, this rap song explains to a beat what the LHC is and what its experiments are studying.
See here on Youtube:...

A typical event display from the LHCb experiment on the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. Event was taken in May 2010.

"Drôle de Physique" is a collection of 6 hands-on activities started by CERN's James Gillies and now available for schools on request. These activities designed for young audiences are currently carried out in CERN's Microcosm where a platform has been devoted to them. The Drôle de Physique...

A short, very clever and funny video clip showing a student's science exhibit. This is an ad for the 2011 Google Science Fair on-line competition which runs until 4 April, 2011. The point of the video is to show how science is fun and connects the world. Could be used in talks to young audiences...

This is a short video produced for young audiences to explain what steps scientists go through to make their discoveries. It models this process through telling the story of French scientist Becquerel and his experiments with uranium rays in 1896. The video begins with a brief introduction to...

This is a popular science show series in France produced by France 3 and Riff International Production. Two men travel around the country in their mobile science lab to explain the mysteries of our world. In this episode they visit Geneva, Switzerland to study what we are all made of (matter)....

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An award winning card game to learn about particles from the standard model. The set includes a book of games with playing cards included. The book explains rules to several different games that can be played of different complexity and for different age groups. Rules of the games follow the...

TOTEM Photographic Poster

Includes an illustration of the CMS detector surrounded by cross-sections of its parts with brief explanations of each of their functions. Also includes a short explanation of what CMS aims to identify and measure at the LHC.
Published in 2006.
Printed copies available for English,...

A 7-minute animation showing the construction of the main structural components of CMS in the surface hall at Cessy, together with a brief overview of the installation in the experimental cavern.
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This 17-minute long animation shows the construction of the main structural components of CMS in the surface hall in Cessy and offers a detailed overview of the installation in the experimental cavern.
Produced by: CERN Multimedia Production Unit
Director: Silvano de Gennaro
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A virtual tour guided around the CMS assembly site in Cessy by CMS physicist David Barney.
 
Produced November 2006
Duration: 32 minutes

A colorful 3D illustration of the CMS Detector. Just the image is included. No labels or explanations included.

This document contains three variations of the EPPOG logo. The first is the colorful group of dots with the letters EPPOG on black background, the second is the colorful group of dots on their own, and the third is the dots with the group's name spelled out completely sitting on a blue...

Particle physicists know how magnets big and small work and how they apply to our world. Students explore the relationship of magnetism and electricity and have questions answered about the power of these forces. This presentation is one of a series offered by Fermilab scientists, engineers and...

A virtual tour of ATLAS allowing the viewer to choose where to move within the ATLAS cavern. (Low Resolution). Includes music. Main items labeled. No commentary.
http://virtualvisit.web.cern.ch/VirtualVisit/...

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3D viewer with slides of the ATLAS detector and actual collision events in 3D.
The 3D vieweris 5 CHF and can only be purchased at the ATLAS Secretariat in Bldg. 40 at CERN in Switzerland; they cannot be ordered online
http://...

This is a 1 minute long time-laps video of the construction of the ATLAS detector. This film also exists in 3 and 5 minutes.
See here for all versions:  http://www.atlas.ch/multimedia/#atlas-built-1-minute

An on-line "virtual theme park" offering a range of games, multimedia applications and films to bring the excitement of CERN's research to a young audience aged between 7 and 12. CERNland is designed to show children what we do at CERN and inspire them with some physics at the same time. Kids do...

A simulated collision event viewed along the beampipe.
The event is one in which a microscopic-blackhole was produced and decayed immediately. The black area in the center with many particle tracks represents the inner detector (pixel detector, semiconductor tracker, and transition...

This animation was created of an actual ATLAS collision event on 30 March, 2010 at 7 TeV. This animation shows from the particle view the race through the LHC, ending in the detector where the particle collision occurs.
Running Time 46 sec

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Real safety helmet, as used by CMS physicists 100 m underground. CMS detector picture on the front.
Colour: Orange
Size: Flexible
Price: 8 CHF

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"Magic" prism and cube that unfold and reform to each time give new images and information about CMS.
Price: Prism: 10 CHF, Cube: 7 CHF
Special deal together: 15 CHF
 
For these and all CMS souvenirs, see the on-line CMS shop here:  ...

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CERN playing cards with interesting facts about physics and the LHC experiments on each card. Available in English and French.
For purchase from the CERN gift shop, Geneva, Switerland or from the CMS Secretariat, CERN, Switzerland.
Price: 3 CHF
For all purchases, see here: ...

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A 12-month photo calendar highlighting the CMS detector through use of colorful photos of the detector superimposed on objects both man-made and natural (e.g. sunflower, water droplet, stained-glass window). Images highlight both the complexity and beauty of this man-made creation designed to...

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A metalic key-ring with a french-style shopping trolly token hanging off of it in the shape of the CMS detector. On the backside of the token, engraved with words "Compact Muon Solenoid, CMS"
http://cms-testbeamh2.web.cern...

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